Dodgers’ rookie outfielder Zach McKinstry had his best day yet in the Major Leagues. He continues to impress the Dodgers and fans alike with his solid performances. So far, it is quite clear he belongs in the Majors Leagues even while still learning to play the outfield. Today, though was awesome for McKinstry as the Dodgers beat the Nationals 3-0. Zach had all the RBI for the Dodgers.
Double In The 2nd
In the 2nd inning, with Max Muncy on first base and two outs, McKinstry hit a deep fly ball to left-center that got lost in the sun, for a double. That was off of Max Scherzer for the first run of the game.
Home Run in the 7th
With two out and Chris Taylor on base in the 7th inning, McKinstry drove on the other two runs of the game with a home run off of Tanner Rainey. This was his second of his career but the first one that was not of the inside-the-park variety. What a day!
Right now, McKinstry is playing a lot because of injuries to both outfielders Cody Bellinger and Mookie Betts. This means he is playing in the more unfamiliar outfield positions of left and right field but he is making progress. The catch of the foul ball during the Home Opener, below, shows he is improving. Once Bellinger and Betts get back then it will be up to McKinstry to continue to earn playing time.
The Dodgers will play players that are productive. It doesn’t matter how much they are paid or where they were drafted, it is a merit-based system for the most part. With the Dodgers, playing time will be difficult but if Zach keeps hitting he will play.